1st Year August Preparation Course

Monday 12th – Friday 16th August

Our August Preparation Course gives 1st Year students the opportunity to prepare for the return to the classroom after summer, and crucially the beginning of Secondary education.

Throughout this comprehensive 5  day prep course, our expert Institute of Education teachers will lay the foundations for the year ahead.

Students can choose to study through fully interactive online and/or onsite classes, at our Leeson Street Campus in Dublin City Centre. Every class is recorded, meaning students can re-watch each lesson throughout the academic year to help in their studies. All students attending online classes will receive their exam-focused course notes in the post. Those attending onsite classes will receive their notes in the classroom.

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  • FREE Class Recordings

    Rewatch until the end of the State Exams 2025

Due to planned maintenance, online enrolment for this course will be unavailable from 9am – 5pm,

Saturday 29th June.

To learn more about what will be covered in each subject, please select from the list below:



Topics Covered:

  • Language Skills in English;
    • Creative writing
    • Functional writing
    • Parts of speech
    • Some basic grammar
  • Drama;
    • Recognising the genre of drama
    • Reading and enjoying drama excerpts
    • The essential ingredients of drama
  • Reading for Enjoyment;
    • Excerpts from recommended Junior Cycle novels
    • Examining character, setting, plot, theme, etc.
  • Introducing Poetry;
    • Looking at Seamus Heaney’s work
    • An introduction to poetic devices, what they mean, how to recognise devices, the function of devices.



This course will give students the foundational skills needed to begin tackling the Junior Cycle Irish course. Emphasis will be placed on written and oral language skills including tenses, irregular verbs, nouns, and question and answer phrases. This course will give students the confidence needed to tackle the Junior Cycle Irish exam by exploring the best ways to gain marks in all sections of the course.


      • The past and present tenses
      • Irregular verbs
      • Indirect speech
      • Rules for nouns
      • Key vocabulary and topics
      • Question phrases
      • Writing skills




  • The Number System
  • Order of Operations (BOMDAS)
  • Natural Numbers and the Number Line – Integers
  • Real Numbers
  • Simple Linear Equations



The aim of this Preparation Course is to educate students around the key areas of the syllabus and to provide the skills required to address the various different types of assessments.


      • Scientific Method
      • Carbon and Water Cycle
      • States of Matter
      • Energy
      • Measurement
      • Cell Structure

We are currently enrolling for our course which begins on Monday 12th August 2024.

Each subject chosen will run over 5 consecutive days and each class is 60 mins in duration.

Bookings will remain open until the beginning of the course week.

Leeson Street

Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202410:15English (Common)
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202411:30Irish (Common)
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202413:15Science (Common)
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202414:30Maths (Common)

1 subject€215
2 subjects€315
3 subjects€405
4 subjects€460
Additional Subjects€55

Please note:

      • Credit Card payments accepted
      • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, enrolled on the same courses. Please contact our office at 01 661 3511 to avail of this discount.
      • Fees are non-transferable

Please click on each question below for an answer: 


Q: What subjects are available in Leeson Street?

A: Please click here to view the timetable of subjects offered in Leeson Street.


Q: Are my classes recorded?

A: Yes, All classes are recorded and available to students to watch back online for revision. All students will be sent login details for our student platform; Moodle, where they can watch back any of their classes.


Q: Are the class notes available online?

A: Yes, notes are available online on our student platform Moodle.


Q: How long is each class?

A: Each class is 60 minutes in duration each day for 5 days.


Q: How much is the fee per class?

A: This depends on the number of subjects taken. Please refer to the fees table to see a list of fees.


Q: Are the classes conducted ‘lecture style’ or are students free to ask questions?

A: Our classes are interactive and our teachers use a variety of methods to ensure that students can ask questions and contribute to the class.


Q: Can my son/daughter join the course after it has started?

A: Yes, students are welcome to join after the course has started, the full fee will apply, and students will get access to the recordings of classes that have already taken place. Notes for online classes will be posted, please allow up to 5 working days for delivery.


Q: My son/daughter cannot attend the course. Can we buy the notes?

A: No, Teaching is a central part of all our courses and classes. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of what was covered in class by the teacher.


Q: Can I cancel my classes and get a refund?

A: Yes, refunds can be organised for cancelled classes if our office is notified before the course commences. A request for a refund can be made by contacting our office on 01 6613511 or helpdesk@instituteofeducation.ie.